Al-Sudani, prior to his visit to Turkey: We seek to transform Iraq into a center for world trade
Information / Baghdad… Prime Minister Muhammad Shia al-Sudani clarified, on Monday, the objectives of his upcoming visit to Turkey, while pledging to provide the needs of citizens and strive to transform Iraq into a center for world trade.
Al-Sudani said in an article prior to his visit to Turkey, followed by Al-Maalouma Agency, that “the visit to Turkey acquires special importance at this particular time, with the positive developments taking place in the Middle East region in terms of strengthening cooperation between countries, mobilizing efforts to achieve economic integration and push it forward, and solve The differences are based on the methodology of prudent dialogue that prevails over interest and elevates cooperation between neighbors in order to achieve the interests of peoples.
He added, “We will focus in our discussions with the Turkish side on strengthening Iraqi-Turkish relations in all fields, especially the economic field, especially as we look forward to implementing ambitious economic projects in the energy and transport sectors, and transforming Iraq into a center for global trade between Asia and Europe through the great port of Faw project and everything related to it.” economic zones, residential communities and tourist attractions.
He continued, “We look forward from this giant project, which will extend over an area of more than 20 square miles, to open the way for an economic boom for Iraq,” noting that “it will contribute to strengthening economic and trade relations between Iraq and its neighbors, led by Turkey on the one hand, and the countries of Europe and Asia on the one hand.” other”.
He stated that “the project of the great port of Faw will include the dry canal corridor, which will be formed by a highway and a railway line, and will pass through Diwaniyah, Najaf, Karbala, Baghdad, and Mosul, and extend to the Turkish border, allowing access to the port of Mersin and Europe via Istanbul,” explaining, “We will discuss the details of these projects with officials.” The Turks, as part of our efforts to strengthen the economic and trade partnership with Turkey, with which Iraq’s trade balance has reached about $20 billion, represented in Turkish imports of chemical products, seeds, grains, legumes, furniture, medicines and medical supplies, and Iraqi exports to Turkey concentrated in oil.
On the security level, Al-Sudani said, “Border control will occupy an aspect of the talks, as well as joint cooperation between Iraq and Turkey, especially in the intelligence aspect and information exchange.”
On water quotas, the Prime Minister affirmed that “the water problem will occupy a space of discussion in Ankara,” appreciating “the efforts of the Turkish side to increase the water quotas that came from behind the dams to Iraq.”
He stated, “We will discuss with them how to cooperate and coordinate to ensure that Iraq obtains its water needs, which is a lifeline for development and agricultural expansion,” pointing out, “We will affirm our full solidarity with our Turkish neighbors in their painful affliction after the great earthquake, and we will continue to provide all the assistance they need in this regard.” Tough time.”
The Prime Minister pointed out that “the current visit comes at a very important time for the region, which seeks to enhance cooperation and economic integration and mobilize efforts in the interest of economic development, and these efforts are in harmony with our internal priorities in Iraq, which we put at the head of fighting corruption and advancing economic development so that it feels Iraqi citizen with the desired effect and as soon as possible.
He stated that “the economic cooperation projects that we seek with Ankara will greatly contribute to creating job opportunities in many Iraqi governorates and will accelerate the pace of Iraq’s transformation into a commercial center linking the European and Asian continents, and will put Iraq firmly on the world trade map,” explaining, “We are making plans in parallel To cooperate with Turkey to enhance our joint economic capabilities and according to timetables for priority projects, with our keenness to diversify energy sources and invest in renewable energy projects to serve development ambitions.
And he indicated that “the near future will witness greater economic engagement with Turkey and with all our neighbors and our region, because this engagement and joint cooperation is the only way to overcome the consequences of global crises and the challenges they impose on us at this sensitive time,” noting that “we emphasized this both during the second Baghdad summit that It was held in the sisterly Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, or through my recent visits to the United Arab Emirates and Cairo.
He stressed that “Iraq’s approach in the current and future period is clear and unmistakable, and it depends on strengthening cooperation with brothers and neighbors on the political, commercial and economic levels, with the aim of strengthening cooperation and pushing our efforts inside Iraq to achieve our declared priorities, which we will not deviate from in an honest attempt to change the reality of the Iraqi citizen and provide his needs.” Giving priority to Iraq’s interest and interest over every interest, amidst an atmosphere of cooperation and constructive dialogue with neighboring countries and brothers in our Arab surroundings.